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by George Malik on 07/02/12 at 09:58 PM ET
As noted earlier this evening, the Zach Parise sweepstakes may take until Tuesday to decide, and as I wake up from a much-needed nap, RedWingsFeed offers this from the Ryan Suter camp, via ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun:
From Suter’s agent Neil Sheehy: ``There will be no decision on Ryan Suter tonight and there is no timetable for his contract ...’ con’t
`... signing at this time. Ryan is considering his opportunities and is taking the necessary time to give each proper consideration. ‘’
The Tennessean’s Josh Cooper received the same statement:
The Ryan Suter sweepstakes will likely go another day. According to his agent, Neil Sheehy, the free agent defenseman will not make a choice on where to sign Monday.
“There will be no decision tonight out of Ryan and there’s no timetable for his contract signing at this time,” Sheehy said. “He’s considering his opportunities and taking the necessary time and giving each one proper consideration.”
When asked about the Predators and whether Suter had ruled them out, Sheehy characterized them as “in the mix.”
The Canadian Press is confirming the whole schlamiel, too:
Zach Parise needed more than 24 hours to choose which hockey team to make happy.
“I’m getting closer but haven’t made a decision,” Parise told reporters Monday in Mississauga, Ontario , according to the Canadian Press. “I haven’t set any deadlines.”
New Jersey is hoping to keep Parise, who became a free agent Sunday when he didn’t re-sign with the Devils. Pittsburgh, Detroit, Minnesota and Nashville are among the teams trying to lure him away from the only team he has played for in his NHL career.
The 27-year-old forward and 27-year-old defenceman Ryan Suter were the top players to hit the market. Suter, who also has played for only one team, the Nashville Predators, wanted more than a day to pick a place to play as well.
“There will be no decision on Ryan Suter tonight and there is no timetable for his contract signing at this time,” Suter’s agent, Neil Sheehy, wrote in an email Monday night. “Ryan is considering his opportunities and is taking the necessary time to give each proper consideration.”
TSN posted a 2:42 video of Darren Dreger breaking down the teams that might be in the mix, and even he doesn’t know which teams are the frontrunners, though he mentions the Wild, the Penguins, the Red Wings, the Blackhawks, and of course the players returning to their respective employers…
Update: And here’s more on Parise from ESPN’s Katie Strang:
And just when you thought the wait was over. Coveted unrestricted free agent Zach Parise announced he has yet to make a decision on where he will sign.
“I’m getting closer but haven’t made a decision. I haven’t set any deadlines,” he told reporters in an impromptu press conference early Monday evening.
The 27-year-old winger said he plans consult with his family before making a final call. He also insisted he is not being pressured by any of the teams with offers on the table to hasten the process.
According to Parise’s agent, Wade Arnott, he narrowed his list to a “small, select group,” on Sunday when the free agency period begin.
“We have thoroughly deliberated every option with Zach,” Arnott told ESPN the Magazine’s Craig Custance in an email. “He wishes to take some time to step back and review all with his fiancee and his family. We could be drawing closer to a decision.”
Although he did not say what teams remain in contention, Parise confirmed the Devils are still in the mix.
Update #1.5: And then the former agent gets into the mix. From Sportsnet’s Brian Lawton:
Early word is nothing expected on Suter or Parise until Tuesday earliest! Long weekend just got a lot longer for some! Bonus ask-12 million
Early word on Suter/Parise waiting to Tuesday. Expect decisions on both by 1:00 tomorrow latest! #letvacationstart Suter is leaning towards
And then it all went to hell:
@sportsnetbroph No seriously by 1:00pm or all the offers are off the table…... The media can’t take it anymore!
[sarcasm] Ha ha ha. [/sarcasm] There are a couple dozen free agents and a couple dozen teams whose futures will pivot upon Suter and Parise’s decision, and millions of fans’ hearts are still in their throats. This needs to get over and done with sooner than later.
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